Laurens de Graaf > BarentsKrans > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Lange Voorhout 3
2514 EA The Hague

Work Department

Employment law


Laurens de Graaf is a partner in our Employment Law department. He counsels many national and international companies in organizational restructurings, collective dismissals, employee consultation processes and individual employment matters. Laurens is an experienced litigator, who has argued high-profile cases at every court level, including the Supreme Court. Some of Laurens’ most notable clients are active in the aviation, energy, IT, and (international) transportation industries. Laurens regularly publishes articles in the field of employment law and is a lecturer for PALA, a post-academic specialisation for employment lawyers.


Laurens graduated from Utrecht University in 2008, where he obtained a masters degree in Corporate, Social and Economic Law. During his studies, he put a heavy emphasis on employment law and labour law. In 2007, Laurens spent two semesters at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (USA). He wrote his thesis about employers’ liability law in the USA and The Netherlands, for which he received the Capra Thesis Prize 2008 (best thesis on employment law in The Netherlands). In 2008, Laurens joined BarentsKrans’ Labour Law department and in 2016 he became partner.


Dutch, English (fluent)


  • Lecturer for PALA (a post-academic specialization course for employment lawyers)
  • Co-author of SDU Commentaar Arbeidsrecht (a handbook on Dutch employment law)
  • Member of the Association of Dutch Employment Lawyers (VAAN)
  • Member of the National Employment Law Association (VVA)
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)


Grotius Academy, postacademic specialization course in Employment law (with high honors) (2013) / Utrecht University, degree in Dutch law (2008) / Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (2007-2008)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

(Next Generation Partners)

Laurens de GraafBarentsKrans

BarentsKrans’ employment team, based in The Hague, is known for its involvement in high-profile litigation, specifically cases before the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court, such as the highly publicised Deliveroo litigation regarding the employment status of riders. The firm is also closely involved in the inception of the ‘Future of Work’ legislation and committee. Practice co-head Max Keulaerds is an experienced employment litigator and acts in the firm’s most significant cases. Co-head Laurens De Graaf also participates in litigation as well as collective dismissals, TUPE cases, works council negotiations and matters related to strikes. Associate Frank Dekker is a Supreme Court litigator who specialises in employment law and has been instructed on several of the firm’s high-profile cases.